We thought that it would be fun to share our ugliest photos with you all, since there have been so many great photos taken in  the past few weeks during SOUNDING- Call it a line up, call it silly, or just plain ugly, here we are!

Ms. Gibbs!

Not so secret... Irene and Rudy

Deer in the headlights- Stephen!

The fearless leader- New Haircut face.

This woman isn't so into it. She's like, a famous actress or something...

Ana: Shocked and shot from above

Taili: There ya go. Tongue and all!

We’ve been immersed in technical rehearsals over the last week and a half and have made a last round of cuts to the script. The show is running about 90 minutes which feels like the right length.

The show is really starting to cohering at this point – all the elements have been incorporated: music, setting, sound, lighting, video, costumes. Its been so great (and completely necessary) to have as much time as we had with the designers together in the room.

We were also joined by Qui Nyugen this week to do fight choreography – he did an amazing job on the Walters Leda fight near the end of the show.

The cast continues to do amazing work and are growing in their roles by leaps and bounds – thanks to Jen and Elenna for all their support in this area.

We are now really focused on uncovering the rhythm of the show at this point — each day, we are still doing a mixture of scene work with full tech but getting a full run in everyday from here on out.  When we finish the run each day, we all feast together on the leftover chocolate cake that Charlotte makes – we will share the yummy vegan recipe here soon —

We still have a lot to do, including puzzling out the right ending for this show, but are getting excited about getting this in front of an audience Wednesday!

Jenny & I recently had lunch with Anna Gutto, who wrote this great article about the show for the Brooklyn rail:

http://www.brooklynrail.org/2010/02/theater/ibsens-burrito-sounding-at-here

Woo hoo. We are two weeks into rehearsal and have made it about 2/3 of the way through the piece -lots to do but getting the spine of the piece into place

what an awesome cast — we have been thrilled to have Michael Pemberton join us as Walters.

Jenny’s been furiously rewriting as we work thru and the script is getting into really great shape.

we’ve begun weaving in some sound by Jane Shaw and lots of video by Tal Yarden with more integration of all these elements to come in the upcoming week –

Made some exciting changes to the 3rd song with Kamala and Okwui to express more of Leda’s emotional state.

we are so grateful to have a rehearsal space two blocks from HERE – donated so generously by our neighbors, Trinity Real Estate. It is about the size of our theatre and enables us to work spatially like we would in the real theatre – this will make the transition into the theatre a lot easier —

look for regular posts on dramaturgy for the piece from Elenna Mosoff and rehearsal tales from Jen Kraus —

Below is a rough groundplan for the next incarnation of SOUNDING in HERE’s Mainstage in February.  We’re working in a diagonal seating arrangement with sets designed by Nick Vaughan.

Tal, Jenny, Okwui and I (and Tal’s 5 3/4 year old son, Ivo) drove to Pennsylvania Friday night to finish shooting – We shot Okwui in a wonderful heated swimming pool and Okwui with the beautiful baby of the house, Othello.

We got fantastic footage and are so so grateful to Jody, Joe and Penny for letting us shoot in their beautiful country home.

Driving back Saturday afternoon was a little touch and go but we made it before the perfect storm really bombarded us.

So we just completed a 4 day workshop of Leda’s first song/swim and the Stranger’s return. It was wonderful to finally have the whole design team – Tal, Jane, Rie, Liz and Nick – all working together in the room with Okwui. We were joined by Emily Rea, our awesome new SM, Jane her ASM and my AD Jen Kraus.  Lots of smart folks!

The big discovery was that we finally found the visual and auditory language for the representation of the Stranger —played on video by Todd D’amour — how to represent him in the past memories and present infiltrations.

It was also really exciting to hear from other HERE resident artists and audiences what they saw and experienced from the showing.

I can’t wait to start full rehearsals on January 4.

Check out some pics below.